Coronavirus: Russell Brand cancels sold-out show in Australia

Publish Date
Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 3:45PM
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UK comic Russell Brand has cancelled a sold-out Australian show over coronavirus contamination fears.

Brand was due to perform at Perth Concert Hall last night, however, decided to cancel the show after the fifth confirmed case of coronavirus involved a woman who had attended the venue over the weekend. 

Tweeting the news, Brand said: "We have to SADLY CANCEL TONIGHT'S SHOW IN #PERTH because there has been a CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS in someone who attended a recent show and I am not happy with risk for me or for any of you.

Many have blasted Brand's decision on social media, with some calling the move to be extremely drastic. 

"That's BS," they wrote. "There is zero evidence that COVID is loose in Perth as yet – unfounded panic is far more harmful than the disease."

The comedian is expected to perform in Adelaide tomorrow night and then move on to New Zealand with a 3 show run starting in Christchurch on Saturday.